Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September Crusin'

I got myself talked into a Western Caribbean Cruise, Grandkids can accomplish things like that.
Needless to say, I was bored silly a lot of the time, but there were highlights.
I saw Myan Ruins in Mexico and some flowers in several places.
There will be some pictures below of the ruins and flowers, but the most interesting day was coming home when we were 245 miles from the nearest land and a hawk like bird started flying around the ship and landed several times. I began stalking with a camera and long lens and actually got pretty close to him.
I believe it was a Peregrine Falcon, If you have a better ID please let me know.














































September is Gone

Spent a couple days around Charleston again a week and a half ago and found the following flower.


September is also time for one of my favorites: 
The Ladies Tresses

Monday, September 15, 2014

August and September Wildflowers

Been busy time with school starting and I have only been out on a few quick hikes here and there.
Below are a few pictures :

Great Blue Lobelia


Cardinal Lobelia 
#332 - Tall Rattlesnake Root
The leaf shape is very variable on this plant
It is a new flower for me though
Zig Zag Goldenrod
Blue Stem Goldenrod





Turtlehead
Sulfur Shelf-Chicken of the Woods?
two feet across or more

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Amazing Orchids in July

The wet field at my neighbors house had three Purple Fringeless Orchids last year. This year there are at least a 100. Below are many photos which speak for their selves how amazing these flowers are. I also found a  white one.




 

Meet the Ghost




Sunday, July 27, 2014

State Parks, Orchids and Wildflowers

After spending most of a week in Florida, I spent several days in Charleston, West Virginia at a conference. As usual, when the conference ended for the day, I was out the door headed somewhere to hike.This time it was at two parks, mostly within Charlestons urban sprawl. At Little Creek Park, a mostly sports complex, I hiked into the Trace Fork Canyon.




At one point, I ran into Hoary Mountain Mint, an interesting wildflower that I had only previously seen in the Smokey Mountains . I had not really thought about it being in West Virginia, but now realize that it has a pretty wide range.
#328 - Hoary Mountain Mint

I also saw a large population of Rose Pink

 The other park that I visited was the Kanawha State Forest.





 There I stumbled on a small group of  Crane Fly Orchid in bloom, or rather partially in bloom. These two plants were side by side, with one in full bloom and the other plant had no open flowers. 



#329 - American Bell Flower

























I also found another new
West Virginia wildflower for me.
The American Bell Flower




























Below are other flowers seen over the two days, will add ID's later


#330 -  Whorled Milkwort

#331 - Flowering Spurge 







This Spurge has green flowers surrounded by white petal-like bracts.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer Wildflowers

Found a wildflower today that has reappeared after a couple years absent in the field behind my home.
This Canada Lilly was covered with the vines of a native Clematis and needed some help to emerge for photos.

#327 -  Canada Lily 


Last week, I spent some time hiking in the area and ran into a couple of bears, West Virginians state animal. I also photographed Rhododendron, the state flower, saw a Cardinal, state bird,  and saw my Honey Bees which are the state insect. If I had saw a Sugar Maple, Timber Rattlesnake, Monarch Butterfly, Brook Trout and a Golden Delicious Apple,  I would have just about exhausted all of the West Virginians state representatives. 

You can see one bear (below center) headed for higher ground after I stumbled on him grazing in tall grass. The other ran through the Rhododendrons and would have been a great picture had I been quick enough.



The last few pictures will be clues to guess where I was on a business trip this past week. Every trip I go on, I make time to roam and hike.